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In 1456, French King Charles VII recalls the story of how he met the seventeen-year-old peasant girl Joan of Arc, entrusted her with the command of the French Army, and ultimately burned her at the stake as a heretic.
In the late eighteenth century David Balfour's evil uncle arranges for him to be kidnapped and sent to sea where he meets exiled Breck. The two make their way back to Scotland and justice.Written by
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Curiously, a shot of David Balfour peering around the back of a wooden keg with his right hand resting on a bushel of vegetables is on the front cover of the case of the 2012 Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Cinema Archives DVD, but it does not appear in the 90 min 13 sec version of the film on the DVD. The scene does appear after David tries to visit the Duke of Argyle at night, but is turned away by the guards at the gate, and then sneaks into the Duke's residence through the kitchen. At 1:19:00 there is a longer shot of a cook basting birds on spits over a large fire with David in the background passing behind two kegs and the vegetables on his way to the stairs, but not the closer shot of David pausing to peer around one of the kegs. See more »
The story takes place in 1747, but Arleen Whelan's hair style is strictly 1938. See more »
Enjoyable, even though it often strays from the original story
Years ago, I read Stevenson's story, KIDNAPPED. When I watched this 1938 version of the story, I couldn't help but wonder if I was losing my mind, as so much of it seemed like it wasn't in the book--particularly the romantic subplot and quite a bit of the action. Well, when I later checked, I found that for once I wasn't losing my mind--the story was heavily re-worked and in many places it bore little similarity to the novel. Additionally, I was surprised that despite the story being set in Scotland, none of the characters sounded like Scots--having mostly American and a few English accents. In particular, I have always liked Warner Baxter as an actor, but here he sounds exactly the same as he did in practically all his films--like a nice but not particularly rugged American.
Yet despite all this, the story still was rather enjoyable and kept my attention throughout. Very nice looking sets and a basic story that is hard to screw up, it isn't surprising that the story still delivers. It's well worth a look, but considering that KIDNAPPED is such an easy read, I still recommend the book over this film.
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